PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Florida rookie Nathan Horton didn't realize he was
Horton became the youngest NHL player to score on a penalty shot and added
another goal in the Panthers' 4-3 overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers on
"It's pretty neat, but I never knew about it," said Horton, who learned of
his achievement between the second and third periods.
Valeri Bure scored the winner for the Panthers with 2:04 left in overtime on
a slap shot from the left circle that sailed high over the glove of
Philadelphia goaltender Jeff Hackett.
Horton, the Panthers' top choice in the 2003 draft, tied it at 2 with his
penalty shot at 3:38 of the second period, beating Hackett high to the glove
side. Horton scored after being taken down by Philadelphia's John LeClair.
"It happened so fast, I didn't have enough time to think about the shot,"
Horton explained. "If I had more time, I might have been more nervous. I was
either going to go high or go to my backhand. The top shelf was there, so I
went up and it went in."
Horton, who is 18 years, 224 days old, was 38 days younger than Toronto's
Jack Hamilton, who set the record in 1944, according to the Elias Sports
"He did what good penalty shot people do," Florida coach Rick Dudley said.
"He waited until the goaltender made a move. The kid backed up a little bit
and he tacked it top shelf. Every time you see him you see something
"I didn't hook him," LeClair said. "I know I just pushed him. I was
trying to push his hands to try to push the puck off his stick."
Horton assisted on a goal by Mathieu Biron that put the Panthers ahead 3-2
with 1:40 left in the second period. Horton, skating down on a rush, threaded a
pass to Biron, who scored from the slot.
LeClair tied it at 3 at 3:27 of the third period with a one-timer from the
Radovan Somik and Jeremy Roenick also scored for the Flyers, who went into
the game with a 13-3-2 home record and outshot the Panthers 49-19. Philadelphia
is winless in its last three (0-2-1).
"Pretty disappointing," Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We have
to find ways to win these games. We had a lot of quality chances, we did a lot
of things right. You have to bear down to win these types of games."
Somik put the Flyers ahead 1-0 at 2:41 of the first period when his
wraparound shot to the right of Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo bounced off
Panthers defenseman Pavel Trnka's right skate into the net.
The Panthers tied it at 10:15 of the period when Biron's shot from the point
was deflected into the goal by Horton.
The Flyers made it 2-1 on a power-play goal scored by Roenick in a scramble
in front of the net at 15:45.
Luongo was stunned when he was hit on the left side of his face with a shot
through a screen by Philadelphia's Justin Williams at 10:56 of the first period
but stayed in the game.